Today's theme seems to be "deception" since every entry I've written has dealt with this topic. I wonder why that is? Yet, without stopping to consider the spiritual and theological significance of that fact (maybe that will be tomorrow's focus) I'm pleased to present Emily to you today after I just ran into her myself by pure chance online.
Let me begin by saying that I wonder if this is in any way connected to Revelation 13:14-15 that says, "And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed."
The phrase "the image of the beast" has always fascinated me especially the part about him being "granted power to give breath to" this image - whatever it is. What does it all mean exactly? I'm not quite sure, but I have a suspicion that perhaps it is refering to some form of technology that will be used for this very purpose.
How do I get to that point? Well, it is commonly assumed that the Mark-of-the-Beast is a literal mark, but that it is also a form of technology that will be used for nefarious purposes by the Antichrist and his New World Order. It is the technology that will allow people everywhere who have it the ability to buy and sell from what we're told. It may not be the most academic leap, but logic tells me that maybe another kind of cutting-edge technology will be used in a similarly evil way to fulfill another purpose. Thus, the creation of the image of the beast.
In any event, a company called Image Metrics describes itself as "Performance-Driven Facial Animation Solutions for the Digital World" The company has its U.S. Headquarters in Los Angeles (ironic that it's in "The City of Angels" given the purpose of this post) and its R&D Facility in the UK. A majority of their clients are big names in the Gaming Industry, which makes sense. However, as you'll see near the end of this video, the fact that "you can rewrite history" (as the Reporter puts it) is sure to make this application popular with non-entertainment entities dare I saw governments and individuals with a specific agenda. Watch for yourself.
Now back to Image Metrics. They specialize in CGI and their latest CG creation is Emily. Have you met Emily? Created through a partnership with USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), the team’s primary objective was to create a completely convincing, animated computer-generated face. Here's a still photo for you that proves they've succeeded in that pursuit:
Emily is a truly monumental achievement, recreating every nuance of human facial expression, even though what you’re actually looking at is the face of a digital actor. Using ICT’s special scanning system that can capture facial details down to the individual pore, the face of actress Emily O’Brien was transformed into a digital representation of herself, which could then be entirely machine-manipulated.
A look at the promotional video reveals that you'd be hard pressed to say with certainty whether or not you were watching a live human being or a computer-animated version unless you were privy to that knowledge beforehand The clip is only 2 minutes long so be sure to watch it through to the end because the last 20 second or so is when they press a few magic buttons and give Emily some different visaul effects to illustrate the power of their new technology.
I gotta admit that I had no clue I was watching a CGI representation of an actress. Did you? Now consider for a moment all the sinister applications for this technology once it's in the wrong hands. Think about how easy it would be for anyone and any group or organization (let alone the Antichrist!) to use this technology to their advantage. The possibilities are endless!
It is imperative that we do what we can to protect that old, historical footage that has been embedded in our collective consciousness and that which has made up our national and individual identities. It's who we are.
But what can we do? Can you imagine if a nation like the United States ever decided to use this technology to alter the course of history or, at the very least, change the past? Imagine archives containing video of our Presidents being altered and the historical record being tainted. Like I said, the possibilities are endless and quite disturbing too I might add.
It's also worth noting that this project was unveiled in August of 2008 fitting our current pattern and timeline of just how strange and chaotic this world is becoming prophetically speaking lately.
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